26/2/18 Article published by the Civil Society
The Fundraising Regulator has today published changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice, to bring the fundraising rules into line with new data protection laws.
The updates to the code published today feature three new sections on personal information, fundraising and content of fundraising communications and mail. The publishing of the new codes follows a consultation opened by the Fundraising Regulator in October last year.
The regulator said the new code rules will come into effect on 25 May 2018, to coincide with the implementation of General Data Protection Regulation.
The Fundraising Regulator said the changes will: Ensure consistent terminology between the code and GDPR; Emphasise that any activity involving personal data (including wealth screening, data matching, teleappending and reuse of public information) falls under processing and that data protection rules apply; Create new sections on data protection and direct marketing; Add and expand definitions for key terms, including “processing”, “consent” and “legitimate Interest”; Increase links to existing guidance from the ICO, the Fundraising Regulator and other relevant bodies.
Suzanne McCarthy, chair of the Fundraising Regulator’s standards committee, said: “New data protection laws will take effect from 25th May 2018 and we know many charities are concerned about what this means for their fundraising.